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Review | Under Red Skies: Karoline Kan comes to terms with China’s conflicted past through family’s story

Former New York Times journalist Karoline Kan draws on family stories to write a coming-of-age tale unique to contemporary China.

3 May 2019 - 3:06PM

Former New York Times journalist Karoline Kan draws on family stories to write a coming-of-age tale unique to contemporary China.

Under Red Skies: Karoline Kan comes to terms with China’s conflicted past through family’s story
When East Asians were the enemy: why fleeing newly communist China meant enduring racism

Author Helen Zia’s mother was among the many thousands who fled Shanghai after the communist revolution – the subject of her new book; in the US, where many ended up, they, like other East Asians, were seen by many as the enemy.

15 Apr 2019 - 5:00AM

Author Helen Zia’s mother was among the many thousands who fled Shanghai after the communist revolution – the subject of her new book; in the US, where many ended up, they, like other East Asians, were seen by many as the enemy.

When East Asians were the enemy: why fleeing newly communist China meant enduring racism
Review | Siddharth Dube’s memoir examines how homophobia became ingrained in India’s ruling class

In memoir An Indefinite Sentence: A Personal History of Outlawed Love and Sex, Siddharth Dube lays bare the terror that dominates gay men’s lives in the country’s ‘homosocial’ society

14 Mar 2019 - 10:53AM

In memoir An Indefinite Sentence: A Personal History of Outlawed Love and Sex, Siddharth Dube lays bare the terror that dominates gay men’s lives in the country’s ‘homosocial’ society

Siddharth Dube’s memoir examines how homophobia became ingrained in India’s ruling class
Review | Biography of Singapore prime minister Goh Chok Tong dwells on his differences with Lee Kuan Yew

Biography of Singapore prime minister dwells on his differences with predecessor Lee Kuan Yew, who disapproved of his ‘kinder and gentler’ governing style and gave him Machiavelli’s The Prince for some hints on how to lead.

2 Jan 2019 - 7:27PM

Biography of Singapore prime minister dwells on his differences with predecessor Lee Kuan Yew, who disapproved of his ‘kinder and gentler’ governing style and gave him Machiavelli’s The Prince for some hints on how to lead.

Biography of Singapore prime minister Goh Chok Tong dwells on his differences with Lee Kuan Yew
Review | Rudyard Kipling’s sadism and squalid sexual urges writ large in Sudhir Kakar’s novel of historic fiction

The Kipling File is a well-researched, elegant and highly readable fictional account of the young writer’s life in colonial India

18 Oct 2018 - 11:36AM

The Kipling File is a well-researched, elegant and highly readable fictional account of the young writer’s life in colonial India

Rudyard Kipling’s sadism and squalid sexual urges writ large in Sudhir Kakar’s novel of historic fiction
Review | Indian migrant’s searing appraisal of race in the United States is manifesto for the next non-white generation

Race is everything in America, unless you are white. In her first book, writer and editor Sharmila Sen argues that to level the playing field, whiteness must be acknowledged and its ‘magic cloak of invisibility’ removed.

30 Aug 2018 - 11:12AM

Race is everything in America, unless you are white. In her first book, writer and editor Sharmila Sen argues that to level the playing field, whiteness must be acknowledged and its ‘magic cloak of invisibility’ removed.

Indian migrant’s searing appraisal of race in the United States is manifesto for the next non-white generation
Review | Hope, conflict, struggle: Chinese-American experience laid bare in elegant debut novel

Number One Chinese Restaurant is an acutely observed character study of life, love and loss in a fiery workplace

14 Jun 2018 - 12:26PM

Number One Chinese Restaurant is an acutely observed character study of life, love and loss in a fiery workplace

Hope, conflict, struggle: Chinese-American experience laid bare in elegant debut novel
Review | Why educated, professional women in China aren’t marrying – new book explores the ‘leftover women’ phenomenon

Notwithstanding criticism author Roseann Lake has faced for her book’s failure to acknowledge a China scholar’s earlier work on the subject, Leftover in China is highly readable – and full of candid quotes from women unable to find mates

4 Mar 2018 - 2:27AM

Notwithstanding criticism author Roseann Lake has faced for her book’s failure to acknowledge a China scholar’s earlier work on the subject, Leftover in China is highly readable – and full of candid quotes from women unable to find mates

Why educated, professional women in China aren’t marrying – new book explores the ‘leftover women’ phenomenon
Khizr Khan’s memoir details Muslim family’s pursuit of American dream after defying Donald Trump on world’s stage

In 2016, Khan offered the soon-to-be president his pocket Constitution during a televised speech denouncing him; his book, ‘An American Family: A Memoir of Hope and Sacrifice’, offers insights into his experience of personal loss

20 Jul 2018 - 2:55PM

In 2016, Khan offered the soon-to-be president his pocket Constitution during a televised speech denouncing him; his book, ‘An American Family: A Memoir of Hope and Sacrifice’, offers insights into his experience of personal loss

Khizr Khan’s memoir details Muslim family’s pursuit of American dream after defying Donald Trump on world’s stage
Review | A ‘one-man war machine’: America’s spymaster in Korea and his reign of sabotage, torture and murder revealed in new book

Blaine Harden’s book King of Spies: The Dark Reign of America’s Spymaster in Korea narrates the story of Donald Nichols, an ‘American T.E. Lawrence’; implicated in torture and murder, he died in ignominy in a psychiatric hospital

18 Oct 2017 - 6:15PM

Blaine Harden’s book King of Spies: The Dark Reign of America’s Spymaster in Korea narrates the story of Donald Nichols, an ‘American T.E. Lawrence’; implicated in torture and murder, he died in ignominy in a psychiatric hospital

A ‘one-man war machine’: America’s spymaster in Korea and his reign of sabotage, torture and murder revealed in new book
Review | Arundhati Roy’s first novel in 20 years, although not a complete success, shows she’s no one-hit wonder

The Booker Prize winner returns to fiction with The Ministry of Utmost Happiness, a story of religious and political violence full of lush prose but spoiled in places by expository detail that becomes overwhelming

21 Jun 2017 - 11:01AM

The Booker Prize winner returns to fiction with The Ministry of Utmost Happiness, a story of religious and political violence full of lush prose but spoiled in places by expository detail that becomes overwhelming

Arundhati Roy’s first novel in 20 years, although not a complete success, shows she’s no one-hit wonder
Book review: Frog - Mo Yan dramatises trauma of one-child policy in China

Nobel laureate's novel views modern mainland history through trauma of the one-child policy.

2 Nov 2015 - 4:11PM

Nobel laureate's novel views modern mainland history through trauma of the one-child policy.

Book review: Frog - Mo Yan dramatises trauma of one-child policy in China
Tidiness guru says keep only the things that bring you happiness

Marie Kondo, the Japanese diva of decluttering, may have some useful tips for families trying to establish some order in cramped flats.

20 Jul 2018 - 2:54PM

Marie Kondo, the Japanese diva of decluttering, may have some useful tips for families trying to establish some order in cramped flats.

Tidiness guru says keep only the things that bring you happiness
Book review: I Ching - wisdom found in translation of Chinese oracle

In China, the I Ching is a highly influential classic whose status in any other culture might have been that of sacred scripture.

 

3 Jan 2015 - 9:04PM

In China, the I Ching is a highly influential classic whose status in any other culture might have been that of sacred scripture.

 

Book review: I Ching - wisdom found in translation of Chinese oracle
Review: a mesmerising journey into the life of a brilliant polymath

In Zia Haider Rahman's debut novel, In the Light of What We Know, a young Oxford-educated Bangladeshi-born British human rights lawyer named only as Zafar befriends a colonel in the Pakistani army against the backdrop of the past decade's war in Afghanistan.

 

22 Dec 2014 - 2:10PM

In Zia Haider Rahman's debut novel, In the Light of What We Know, a young Oxford-educated Bangladeshi-born British human rights lawyer named only as Zafar befriends a colonel in the Pakistani army against the backdrop of the past decade's war in Afghanistan.

 

Review: a mesmerising journey into the life of a brilliant polymath
Author Q&A: Don George, by Ajay Singh
North Korea's secrets spilled in author's haunting memoir

Suki Kim spent six months teaching English to the sons of hermit state's elite and left feeling sad for a people 'utterly debased'

12 Dec 2014 - 6:15PM

Suki Kim spent six months teaching English to the sons of hermit state's elite and left feeling sad for a people 'utterly debased'

North Korea's secrets spilled in author's haunting memoir
Author Q&A: Eric Gamalinda
15 Nov 2014 - 8:16PM
Author Q&A: Eric Gamalinda
Author Q&A: Bilal Tanweer

Debut novel tackles deadly political violence in Karachi.

25 Oct 2014 - 11:32PM

Debut novel tackles deadly political violence in Karachi.

Author Q&A: Bilal Tanweer
When fiction hits lull, novelist turns to technology
Book review: The Lotus and the Storm, by Lan Cao

Love and suffering are so inextricably tied in the psyche of Vietnam that the nation's epic poem The Tale of Kieu revolves around a hero who is separated for years from his lover, but never stops dreaming of their reunion.

14 Sep 2014 - 1:28PM

Love and suffering are so inextricably tied in the psyche of Vietnam that the nation's epic poem The Tale of Kieu revolves around a hero who is separated for years from his lover, but never stops dreaming of their reunion.

Book review: The Lotus and the Storm, by Lan Cao
From street to CEO seat with 'Slumdog' author

The opening line of The Accidental Apprentice, the third and latest novel by Vikas Swarup, reads: "In life you never get what you deserve: you get what you negotiate."

14 Sep 2014 - 1:28PM

The opening line of The Accidental Apprentice, the third and latest novel by Vikas Swarup, reads: "In life you never get what you deserve: you get what you negotiate."

From street to CEO seat with 'Slumdog' author
Asian-American Ed Lin lives the Great American Dream

Ed Lin was born in New York City and raised in New Jersey and Pennsylvania, where his parents, immigrants from Taiwan and the mainland, owned small hotels.

10 Aug 2014 - 12:46PM

Ed Lin was born in New York City and raised in New Jersey and Pennsylvania, where his parents, immigrants from Taiwan and the mainland, owned small hotels.

Asian-American Ed Lin lives the Great American Dream
Back In The News: Alex Tizon

The American-Filipino author and Pulitzer Prize winner tells Ajay Singh how he learned to love his Asian-male identity.

20 May 2017 - 8:24AM

The American-Filipino author and Pulitzer Prize winner tells Ajay Singh how he learned to love his Asian-male identity.

Back In The News: Alex Tizon
Immigrants' struggles rendered beautifully in a spare style by Akhil Sharma
Yiyun Li goes deep into the human condition in her writing
Chang-rae Lee talks about his novel On Such A Full Sea
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